DHAKA, Nonagenarian deputy military commander of the
1971 Liberation War retired Air Vice Marshal AK Khandker today apologized for
presenting a piece of distracted information relating to Bangabandhu's 7th
March address in a book, launched five years ago sparking a nationwide
I am seeking apology to the countrymen and departed soul of Bangabandhu,
Khandker said in a media appearance at Dhaka Reporters Unity along with his
wife Farida Khandker.
Reading out his one-page written statement he added: I am now 90. I think
it is the biggest of all mistakes I committed in my life.
The Prothoma Prokashan published his book titled 1971: Bhetore Baire
(1971: Inside and Outside) in August, 2014 and in the 32nd page of the book
he wrote Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had concluded his historic 7th
March address saying Joy Pakistan.
Khandker said he was withdrawing the tire paragraph of page 32 relating to
the issue in the book saying Bangabandhu never uttered Joy Pakistan and
shouldered the entire responsibility for the misinformation.
I believe a lot of patriotic people were hurt (by my comments) . . .
regardless of the source, however, I take the responsibility for writing this
misinformation. Bangabandhu never uttered 'Joy Pakistan' in his 7 March
speech, he said.
Khandker added: On my last leg of life like the setting sun, I apologise
to Bangabandhu's soul and the nation. . . forgive me.
Khandker, who was also independent Bangladesh's first air force chief and
minister of the Awami League government, however, referred to the questions
by newsmen at the briefing to his wife sitting beside him as he was suffering
from hearing impairment.
Asked why he did not responded immediately to the protest to end the
controversy, his wife claimed that some people including Ganoshasthya Kendra
founder Dr Jafrullah Chowdhury virtually kept Khandker away from newsmen,
barring him from clarifying the mistake.
She said Prothoma's owner Motiur Rahman also did not cooperate with him to
end the controversy.
Khandker asked the Prothoma Prokashan to reprint the book erasing
controversial paragraph on page 32.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)